Bringing Exploration to Life for Learners
At National Geographic, we believe in the power of exploration and wonder to change the world. The heart of our community is our Explorers: cutting-edge scientists and researchers, transformative educators and powerful storytellers. We believe it's at the intersection of exploration and education, where National Geographic can make a profound difference for learners and the educators who reach them.
Now, as communities around the world are exploring new ways of teaching and learning at home, we invite you to join us for live broadcasts of Explorer Classroom. In our commitment to support educators, students and families during this transition, we are now providing Explorer Classroom every weekday at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Explorer Classroom’s live video events connect students with National Geographic Explorers across all seven continents to bring exploration to life.
Events are free and open to the public. Register for a chance at one of six on-camera spots to ask Explorers your questions face to face!
See our full line-up below:
April 7th | 2:00PM ET
Edward Hurme attaches miniature tracking equipment to wild bats in order to record their movements and the noises around them. Join him to learn all about bat behavior, and hear about his investigations of Myotis vivesi, a special type of bat that eats fish!
April 9th | 2:00PM ET
The ocean covers 70 percent of the planet and shelters an incredible diversity of life. It gives us food, jobs, and more than half the oxygen we breathe. But we’re taking too many fish out of the ocean, polluting it, and making it warmer and more acidic. Enric Sala launched the Pristine Seas project to explore and help save the last wild places in the ocean. Join him to learn more.
April 7th | 9:00AM ET
Nirupa Rao is a Botanical Illustrator. Her scientifically accurate artwork celebrates the beauty of plants. Nirupa has created a children’s book about the plant kingdom that features the weird and the wacky, the carnivorous and the parasitic, the friendly and the fierce. Grab your own sketchbook and prepare to be inspired by the unique flora of India.
April 20th | 11:00AM ET
Andrej Gajić is the head of National Geographic’s Shark Tales team. His current research is focused on the effects of habitat loss and pollution on the health of sharks and other elasmobranchs. Join him to learn about the threats sharks are facing and how you can help!
2 de abril | 10:00AM ET
Lina es una bióloga colombiana apasionada por el estudio de las plantas. Ella acaba de iniciar su doctorado en Canadá y espera a través de su pasión entender cómo las nuevas condiciones ambientales producto del cambio climático van a afectar la diversidad de plantas que tenemos en diferentes ecosistemas.
Participating in Explorer Classroom is as easy as 1, 2, 3
Select an event, then use the “Register Here” link to sign up.
We’ll email you instructions for how to join your event.
We’ll let you know if you were selected for an on-screen spot.
Use the Educator and Family Guides to brainstorm questions for the Explorer.
Watch & Ask Questions
Tune in at the scheduled time and date for your event.
We’ll see you there!
Looking for other ways spark curiosity and wonder for learners outside of the classroom?
Explorer our Learn at Home Resources to teach, connect with and inspire K-12 learners.
The materials are free, curated and easy to implement.
Check out some highlights below or explore our full archive on YouTube.
Shivani Bhalla is working to safeguard the future of Kenya's rapidly declining lion populations. There are now fewer than 2,000 lions in Kenya, and they could vanish within twenty years. Shivani founded the conservation organization Ewaso Lions to promote coexistence between people and lions.
Supported by Canon
Join Asha de Vos to learn about the "unorthodox blue whales" of the northern Indian Ocean.
Explorer Imogen Napper is passionate about being part of the solution to ocean plastics. Her work recently helped influence the ban of microbeads in cosmetics internationally. The “Sea to Source: Ganges” expedition is the first of several international river expeditions planned as part of National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? initiative, which aims to significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastic that reaches the ocean.
Wildlife filmmaker Bertie Gregory has channeled his childhood obsession with wild animals into a career. Join him in the field in Arctic Canada where he’s filming for his latest project.
Supported by Canon
Explorer Katlin Bowman has spent nearly a year of her life at sea, spanning 12 expeditions. She studies the rising mercury in marine environments, due to human activities like fossil fuel combustion and gold mining. Currently, Katlin is studying how microplastic pollution in San Francisco Bay impacts mercury cycling.
Marina Elliott is a biological Anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer. She is currently working in the Rising Star Cave system.
Known as “Her Deepness” for her record-breaking accomplishments beneath the ocean’s surface, Dr. Sylvia Earle has been named a “living legend” by the Library of Congress and the first “Hero for the Planet” by Time.